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Next Up for Congress? Fixing the Electoral Count Act

Modernizing the law would address some of the more obvious problems exposed by the Jan. 6 debacle.

Once was enough.

Once was enough.

Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

As former president Donald Trump desperately clung to power last year, and his agitated supporters violently invaded the Capitol, a number of flaws in the US election system became all too clear. Thankfully, one of them may soon be fixed.

After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of senators has released a set of reforms to the Electoral Count Act of 1887. In conjunction with the 12th Amendment, the act establishes a framework for casting and counting electoral votes in a presidential election and provides a process for adjudicating disputes.